Open your home to the world and make a global connection:  Host an AFS exchange student.
Each year, AFS Intercultural Programs/USA, a leading international high school student exchange for more than 60 years, welcomes 2,500 high school students from more than 90 countries into communities like Gardner. These students are eager to attend a local high school, live with a host family and discover what America is all about.
AFS-USA is always looking for supportive host families. By hosting an AFS exchange student, you and your family will help build bridges of intercultural understanding at home and abroad while connecting with an outstanding young person.
“Hosting Martin (a student from Ghana) was a life changing event for our family,” said host mother Dawn Fuchs. “His incentive to also share what he has learned with his own country and community has also had a transforming effect on us, his American family.  We have also been given ’new eyes’ to see the world.  The gratitude (and love) goes both ways.”
Host families provide a bed and meals, share their daily lives with students, and help guide and support students as they would their own children. Families and their hosted students receive ongoing support from AFS Staff and experienced, local volunteers.
For more information about how to host a student, study abroad, or volunteer with AFS, call 1 (800) 876-2377 or visit
AFS, a worldwide, nonprofit organization, has been leading international high school student exchange for more than 60 years.  Each year, AFS-USA sends more than 1,100 US students abroad, provides approximately $3 million in scholarships and financial aid, and welcomes 2,500 international high school students who come to study in US high schools and live with host families.  More than 5,000 volunteers in the U.S. make the work of AFS possible.